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Junior Seau Paddle-Out: Ocean Memorial Gathers Hundreds Of Family & Friends (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

05/06/12 08:29 PM ET AP

Junior Seau Paddleout

OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- Several hundred people have taken part in a paddle-out in front of Junior Seau's Southern California home to pay tribute to the former NFL linebacker.

The 43-year-old Seau committed suicide Wednesday at his home in Oceanside.

Seau was an avid surfer who was often seen riding the waves in front of his home. Fans and well-wishers formed a circle across the water and held hands while a prayer was said for him.

They also chanted Seau's name and the number 55, his number at Southern California and during 20 years in the NFL.

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  • Photo by <a href="http://anthonycphoto.blogspot.com/" target="_hplink">Anthony Carrasco</a>.

  • Photo by <a href="http://anthonycphoto.blogspot.com/" target="_hplink">Anthony Carrasco</a>.

  • Photo by <a href="http://anthonycphoto.blogspot.com/" target="_hplink">Anthony Carrasco</a>.

  • Photo by <a href="http://anthonycphoto.blogspot.com/" target="_hplink">Anthony Carrasco</a>.

  • Photo by <a href="http://anthonycphoto.blogspot.com/" target="_hplink">Anthony Carrasco</a>.

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